Charles Côté

It was on the quarter violin that he was introduced to musical theory and practice at the age of 5 at the école de musique de Chicoutimi.

A few years later, as a teenager, he specialized in heavy drums, muscular tension and double pedaling, notably as a founding member of the hardcore Sagueney group War in Peace.

At the Cégep Marie-Victorin in Montréal-Nord, he dips his toes in the world of jazz drums before choosing to explore the fields of classical percussion and instrumental composition.

In the latter discipline, he completed a bachelor's degree at the Université de Montreal as well as a master's degree at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

As a percussionist, he had the privilege of participating in numerous concerts dedicated to the music of the American composer Steve Reich, under the artistic direction of Robert Leroux, in the Percussion Workshop of the U de M. More recently, he participated in the world premiere of the piece Médiation mobile / Calder Variations by composer Tim Brady and had the chance to collaborate with the internationally renowned clarinetist Lori Freedman.

As a composer, he wrote music for the Harmonie de concert and the Orchestre à cordes of the Cégep Marie-Victorin, the Atelier de musique contemporaine de l’Université de Montréal, the Atelier de percussion de l’Université de Montréal, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, mezzo-soprano Ghislaine Deschambault, double bassist Patrick Dupuis, percussionist Joao Catalao, duo Harmoniax and the group Garçons.

Under the pseudonym Charles Cotvin, he wrote the music for eight animated short films (including four for the National Film Board), including a recent collaboration with the filmmakers Anaë Bilodeau and Louis-Pierre Cossette, completing for them the soundtrack of the animated short film À l'aube, which was hailed by critics and winner of the Compétition 100% Saguenay of the 23rd edition of Regard, Festival international du court-métrage au Saguenay.

Assistant director and sound engineer, he recently collaborated in the filming in Costa Rica of the documentary short ¡La Macha! by Claudia Chabot, for whom he is currently writing music.

He is presently working on several composition projects, including a chamber music work for the Ensemble Paramirabo, a chamber music work for the Ensemble Alquimia in Reims (France), a mixed music work for the Ensemble à percussion Sixtrum and Harmonie du Saguenay, an acousmatic work, and, finally, a work of mixed music for the Quatuor Saguenay .

He is a chorister and member of the choir of the parish of St-Jérôme, in Métabetchouan, where he studies liturgical music and chanting.

Folk songwriter, he launched his first solo album on April 1, 2019: "Détricoté".